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Lego Days Thursday and Friday (2/22 & 2/23)

Come to the Valatie Free Library on Thursday and Friday, February 22th and 23rd, between noon and 5 p.m. to create lego designs. We have the lego and duplo bricks and the space; you bring the design ideas.  We will display your lego creations or pictures of what you have constructed in the Library.  Drop in and build! All ages welcome!

What’s Happening in February

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9 a.m. – Noon in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Take Your Child to the Library Day.  Visit for breakfast and a craft.
Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018, 10:30 a.m. in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Story Hour.  Stories, crafts, snack for preschoolers and caregivers.
Friday, February 9, 2018, 6:30 p.m. in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Paint and Sip for Adults.
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10 a.m. – Noon in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Make a Valentine’s Card for someone special.  Program is for families.
Monday, February 12, 2018, 7 p.m. in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Book Club.  We will be discussing The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer. Newcomers are welcome.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 4:30 – 6:45 p.m.  Lloyd the Geek will be here to give individual assistance on computer, laptop, phone, etc.  Sign up for a 45 minute session, bring your device to the Library and work out a solution with Heather (Lloyd the Geek).
Friday, February 16, 2018, 12 – 2 p.m. in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Game Day for Adults.  Join us for board / card games and tea and biscotti.  We have games, but feel free to bring your own.
Monday, February 19, 2018, Library is Closed for Presidents’ Day.
Monday, February 19, 2018, 7 p.m. in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Board of Trustees Meeting.  The Public is welcome to attend.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Noon – 5 p.m. Lego Day.  Come to the Library to create something unique using Legos.  We will take pictures and post them around the Library and on Facebook and Instagram.
Friday, February 23, 2018, Noon – 5 p.m. Lego Day.  If you missed Tuesday’s Lego Day, come to the Library to create something unique using Legos.  We will take pictures and post them around the Library and on Facebook and Instagram.
Monday, February 26, 2018, 7 p.m.  in the Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook Street – Knitting / Crochet.  Newcomers are welcome.

Thank You, Hannaford!

Thank you to Hannaford which chose the Valatie Free Library to be the recipient of part of the proceeds from the sale of  “Create a Little Karma” bags at the Hannaford in Valatie, New York during October.  Thank you also to all who purchased one of the bags.

Calling All Preschoolers!

Apple Printing at Story Hour – 9/12/17

Preschoolers, Caregivers and Younger Siblings, join us for Story Hour every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Valatie Free Library. Listen to stories, do a craft, meet Posie, the therapy dog, and have a snack. No registration is necessary. Just walk in – 1036 Kinderhook Street – 4 buildings down from the VMA.

Red Apple Run – Appreciation and Results

Today was a great success!  Our appreciation to all for your support.  Thank you, runners and walkers, for your participation! Thank you to our sponsors and to Samascott Orchards for hosting us. Also thanks to the Kinderhook Runner’s Club for all of their guidance.   You can check times in the following links:
Click 2017awards-age groups for the awards in the 5K by age group.
Click 2017Kids_1_Mile for results for the Kids 1 mile walk / run.
Click 2017overall_results for the overall results for all the runners in the 5K.

Announcement: Future Board Meetings

The Board of Trustees will  meet on the third Monday of each month beginning on Monday, September 18th.  The Public is welcome to attend all regular Board Meetings.

Red Apple Run Sponsors

Thank you to all our sponsors.  You helped to make the race a great success.

Thank you to our GOLD sponsors:
Diana Van Alstyne
Freeman Howard, P.C.
Great Lengths Hair Salon
Hennessy Insurance Agency
Kinder Farm Inc.
Kinderhook Runners Club
Law Office of Alexander Powhida
Samascott Orchards
VFL Staff

Thank you to our SILVER sponsors:
Anderson Agency Real Estate
Chatham Brewing
Chatham Village Auto LLC
Gilcrest Properties
Hannaford
Key Bank
Kinderhook Wine & Spirits
La Bella’s
Shooters Sports
Wicked Good Food & Company

How did he do that?

Last night, Doug Bartels, local master magician, entertained a large audience at St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall in the second Valatie Free Library Summer Wednesday Program.

With a mixture of comedy and amazing magic, Doug created a wonderful show for adults and kids. We thank Doug for a special evening and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church which generously donated the use of the Hall for the Library Wednesday programs. Thanks also to those who attended and to the brave children and one brave adult who “helped” our magician.

STORYCRAFTERS RETURN – 6/28

The Valatie Free Library Summer Program kicks off this Wednesday, June 28, 2017  at 6:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall on Kinderhook Street.  Performing for the this event will be the Storycrafters,  a locally and internationally known partnership who have received many awards for their performances, including:


  • National Storytelling Network Oracle Award
  • Cayman National Cultural Foundation Gold Medal for Creativity in the Arts
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award
  • Parents Choice Award
  • Storytelling World Award
  • Multiple NYS Broadcasters’ Association awards for their family radio show, “Just Imagine.”

Publishers’ Weekly describes them as “top-notch family entertainment,” and we are proud to  welcome them back to the first of our Wednesday Evening Summer Family Programs.  Please join us this Wednesday as Barry Marshal and Jeri Burns present “Building a Better World . . . One Story at a Time.”  Even if you have not registered for this program, feel free to attend.  You won’t want to miss the action!  Refreshments will be served.  Call the Library (758-9321) for additional information.

Program Information

If you have not registered for summer programs, visit the Library or call us at 758-9321 for information on availability. Click on “2017 Summer Programs” or “Calendar” at the top of this web page for a listing of all the workshops and presentations. Wednesdays are Family Nights with many presentations and hands-on activities. Note the Magic Show with master magician, Doug Bartels. It was not listed in the flier sent home from school, but it will take place on July 5th. Tuesdays have a variety of activities; new to us this year are Comic Jam on July 11 and Makerspace on August 1st. Sign up anytime for the reading challenge and win ice cream certificates for O’Kenny’s.

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